Micware Co. Ltd., a Japanese automotive software development company specializing in navigation systems, plans to relocate its North American headquarters to Dublin, Ohio, creating 15 new jobs.
Micware Co. Ltd. will move its North American headquarters from Torrance, California, to 6543 Commerce Parkway in Dublin. The new North American headquarters and technical center will allow the company to focus on the development and design of software for automotive infotainment systems.
“Having a presence in the Columbus Region will allow us to be closer to the U.S. automotive industry and a world class connected and autonomous vehicle ecosystem,” said Kenji Narushima, president and representative director at Micware Co. Ltd. “We are aiming to change the way that navigation services are performed in the market. Evolving our navigation systems to include technology like AI is the future, and we are looking forward to supporting that work in the Columbus Region.”
The Columbus Region is at the forefront of automotive technology and smart mobility. Region manufacturers produce 700,000 cars a year, while the regional economic output for the automotive industry exceeds $2.5 billion annually. Additionally, Dublin is home to more than 20 corporate headquarters, more than 4,300 businesses and an entrepreneurial center.
“Having innovative companies like Micware in the City of Dublin not only confirms the importance of our city’s investments in smart technologies, but also our position as an attractive place to locate a cutting-edge technology company,” said Dana McDaniel, city manager at the City of Dublin.
The Columbus Region is inextricably connected to the global economy, and Japan is the Region’s No. 1 source for foreign investment. In fact, 133 Japanese companies have operations in the Region, including Honda of America Mfg., Inc., TS Tech Co., Ltd. and Stanley Electric U.S. Co., Inc.
“The Columbus Region continues to lead the way as a place for Japanese companies to locate and thrive in the U.S. market, and we are excited to welcome a company like Micware that’s transforming the traditional auto industry,” said Kenny McDonald, president and CEO at Columbus 2020.